These locomotives were ordered as part of British Railways' 1955 Modernisation plan which included the extension of the Southern Region electrification to various main lines.
They were intended as mixed-traffic locomotives, hauling parcels, freight and also passenger trains, usually on routes that included some non-electrified sections, such as boat trains.
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